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Mourners gather inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School. (Associated Press) Mourners gather inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School. (Associated Press)
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will attend a memorial service Sunday in Newtown, Conn., the site of Friday's deadly elementary school shooting.

Twenty-six people, including 20 children, were killed when a man opened fire inside the school. Hours after the shooting, a tearful Obama said he grieved first as a father. In those remarks and later in his Saturday radio address, Obama called for "meaningful action" to prevent such shootings, but did not say what it should be.

Obama's visit to Newtown for an interfaith vigil would be the fourth time he has traveled to a city after a mass shooting. The president had planned to travel to Maine on Wednesday for an event promoting his positions in "fiscal cliff" negotiations, but the White House canceled that trip because of the shooting.

The gunman behind the Connecticut elementary school massacre stormed into the building and shot 20 children at least twice with a high-powered rifle, executing some at close range and killing adults who tried to stop the carnage, authorities said Saturday.

He forced his way into the school by breaking a window, officials said. Asked whether the children suffered, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. H. Wayne Carver paused. "If so," he said, "not for very long."

An official with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press three weapons were found inside the school and fourth weapon was found outside.  The murder weapon was a high-powered rifle with a high capacity, popular with law enforcement and the military.

Police shed no light on what triggered 20-year-old Adam Lanza to carry out the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, though state police Lt. Paul Vance said investigators had found "very good evidence ... that our investigators will be able to use in painting the complete picture, the how and, more importantly, the why." He would not elaborate.

Friday's massacre has elicited horror and soul-searching around the world.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the "innocent little boys and girls" were "taken from their families far too soon."   Investigators have questioned the gunman's older brother, who's not believed to have been involved in the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary in prosperous Newtown, 60 miles northeast of New York City.

Relatives of a Connecticut woman fatally shot by her son before he killed 26 people at a school then killed himself say in a statement they share the grief of the Newtown community and the nation.   A sheriff in New Hampshire, where Nancy Lanza once lived, read the statement Saturday, saying the family is trying to understand "the tremendous loss." Rockingham County Sheriff Michael Downing said Lanza's brother James Champion, a retired police captain in Kingston, N.H., and other relatives express their "heartfelt sorrow." Another officer said, "The whole family is traumatized by this event."

Champion would not discuss what might have triggered his nephew to go on the shooting spree.  Nancy Lanza's family described her as kind and loving. She was once a stockbroker for John Hancock in Boston.

 

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